Alumna Named New Executive Director of the Callier Center for Communication Disorders
Angela Shoup BS’89, MS’92, PhD’94, who heads the Division of Communicative and Vestibular Disorders at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has been selected as the new executive director of the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at The University of Texas at Dallas and will be a professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS).
She will succeed longtime Callier leader Dr. Thomas Campbell, the Ludwig A. Michael, MD Executive Director and the Sara T. Martineau Endowed Professor, who will retire Sept. 1.
In 2016, Shoup, who earned three degrees from UT Dallas, received the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
“We are more than thrilled to welcome Dr. Shoup back to UT Dallas,” said Dr. Steven Small, dean of BBS and the Aage and Margareta Møller Distinguished Professor in Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
A broad committee made up of UT Dallas clinicians, researchers, educators and staff members, as well as community members, has been seeking to find Campbell’s successor since last October.
“I’m very excited. It’s definitely like coming home,” Shoup said. “I’ve had a commitment to UT Dallas Callier since the days when Callier and the University were much smaller.”
Currently, Shoup, who is a professor of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, oversees a team of 30 audiologists, five speech pathologists and two audiology externs who work across multiple institutions in the Dallas area, including UT Southwestern, Parkland Health & Hospital System and Children’s Health.
“She is a superb administrator. She’s built the audiology and speech groups at UT Southwestern to be among the largest and highest-quality groups in any hospital-based center in the United States,” Small said.
“I am looking forward to working with Dr. Shoup to continue the fabulous trajectory put in place by Dr. Campbell, and I’m ecstatic that somebody of her caliber, experience and leadership has decided to take on this job.”
Dr. Steven Small, dean of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Shoup is known for her promotion of an initiative that requires all hospitals to provide hearing screenings for newborns. She inaugurated such a program at Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1999 and traveled to Austin multiple times, where she advocated for implementation of the screenings in Texas hospitals.
The Callier Center works closely with UT Southwestern in providing children with cochlear implants. Shoup said she hopes to expand such collaborative activities in the future.
“After examining the needs of the community that we serve, I want to determine how we can strengthen our current partnerships while working with community leaders to identify new opportunities for us to collaborate to address gaps in care, education and research,” she said.
Shoup, who is president-elect of the American Academy of Audiology, the world’s largest professional organization of audiologists, will begin her term as president Oct. 1. She was named a D Magazine Best Doctor in 2018 and 2019. She was inducted into the National Academies of Practice (NAP) Audiology Academy as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow and currently serves as vice chair of the Audiology Academy for NAP. She has published articles and textbook chapters on audiologic procedures and implantable hearing devices and has been an invited speaker at national and international meetings.
Campbell will retire after 14 years of leading the Callier Center. During his tenure, the center has experienced significant growth with the development of the new Callier building in Richardson, expanded undergraduate and graduate programs, and an increase in the number of faculty at the center.
Small said Campbell’s insistence on strong integration of research, education and clinical service — along with a focus on students and patients — helped propel the University’s audiology and speech-language pathology programs into the top 10 graduate programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Small said he expects the Callier Center leadership transition to be seamless, and he is eager to see where Shoup takes the center’s programs.
“I am looking forward to working with Dr. Shoup to continue the fabulous trajectory put in place by Dr. Campbell,” he said, “and I’m ecstatic that somebody of her caliber, experience and leadership has decided to take on this job.”
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